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Apr
01
2014
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OUT LIKE A LION, AND NO JOKE

Well, after our non winter, this late stuff is sort of a cruel joke by Mother Nature just when we thought summer might be around the corner. Now that they have started plowing, the County is working to keep the paved roads drivable. Expect winter conditions there for a day or two. Our access roads are a different story. There is at least a foot of new snow, and that means waiting a while to drive in, unless you have a tracked ATV.

But we do need the water, and that’s no joke, either…..

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Mar
17
2014
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PLOWING AND ROAD OPENING

The Road Department is going to be clearing the roads in the Bucks Lake basin early this year. Right now, most of the paved roads are dry, with some patches, as much as a couple hundred feet, with snow cover, where there is continuous shade. The pavement will be slick and icy in those areas for several days.

AND, when you venture off the pavement to your cabin, you will likely encounter some significant snow patches, as much as 10 – 12″, in the shade. So 4 wheel drive is essential for about the next 10 to 14 days.

If you have not been watching the lake, the level is shocking. PG&E says it is within 90% of average for this time of the year. That might be true (or not…), but looking at the mountains around the lake, it is not going to come up a whole lot and it needs about 3 feet of vertical to cover the stumps. It might make that, but not much more. I would not bring my boat up until you can be sure you can launch it, and secure it properly where you usually do. Most private docks are at least 50 feet from the water right now.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Mar
06
2014
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PLOWING….., AND DRIVING

The Road Department has decided for now to plow the road between the summit and the fire station. Emphasizing that is FOR NOW, and any significant snow storm could change that quickly.

AND, they will not plow past the “T”, on either the Big Creek or the Oro-Quincy Road side. With all the recent rain, that will likely become as drivable as it was a week ago, but remember when you go there, those roads are officially CLOSED, and you are on your own. So be careful out there……

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Feb
27
2014
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A LITTLE SNOW?

Well, a lot of rain, and then a little snow. Waiting for more on Friday…..

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Feb
17
2014
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NOT SNOW!

The website picture says it all….. Last week we built up to about a foot, and then got over 5″ of rain in two days and lost half of it. The rest has gone over the weekend. And the nice looking storm for mid week is falling apart.

So we are still driving. I would rather be riding.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Feb
05
2014
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NEW SNOW

27″ by Sunday? It might just happen. That is the total of all the weather predicted between now and then. There’s hope! We’ll see what actually happens.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Feb
04
2014
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SNOW?`

Looking at the extended forecast, I think we FINALLY can count on some realistic snow this coming weekend. I don’t think this will be of the two or three feet variety, so it probably won’t allow grooming to start. But, it could be a beginning.

On another note, there was a great article on Bucks Lake in this week’s Feather River Bulletin, by Laura Beaton. (Thanks, Laura!). If you don’t have access to the paper version, they are on line. It is worth the read.

Finally, thanks to Rick Frey for keeping us updated on our water level, and FERC relicensing. The best way to keep PG&E even remotely honest is to keep their feet to the fire, and watch their every move. Bucks Lake is no different to them than an assembly line in a factory. Why do you think factory workers unionized years ago? That’s how you keep them honest.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jan
30
2014
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NEW CAMERA

Your eyes are correct. That is a new view, from a new camera. It is a high definition (720p), wide angle picture. We are still limited to every 15 minute snap shots, but we are working on streaming it, so stay tuned. Remember, also, that you can make the picture as large as you want. On a Windows PC, use Ctrl+ , and with an Apple, use Command+. You can shrink it by using Ctrl – or Command -.

The “Big Storm.” Well, we got 1.3″ of rain, which everyone knows was desperately needed. I’m thinking maybe a little snow on Friday, but not to sled on. We are a long way from that!

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jan
21
2014
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DRIVING IN, PART TWO

It has been a while since my first comment on driving in, and conditions have continued to change. There is much less snow on any roads now. But, with the daily freeze/thaw cycle, there is ice, and it is super slick. So, with lots of dry pavement, and then an icy patch, some people are getting really surprised, and bending or wrinkling their cars as a result.

So, do come to enjoy this VERY RARE mid winter opportunity, but: have a 4 wheel drive; KNOW HOW TO USE IT; good snow tires; and, most important, even though there is black pavement, don’t drive like you do at home. If you do, the chances are good you will be talking to your insurance agent, and the CHP.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Dec
19
2013
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DRIVING IN

We drove in two weeks ago, 4 wheel drive from the summit. We were the first on Mile High Rd, and now I see several tracks there. The ROAD CLOSED sign is up, but everyone is ignoring it, and of course, there is no grooming yet. If you are going to drive there, just be aware there are several varieties of tracked vehicles also on the road.
AND PLEASE, if you do not have much experience in snow driving, consider just staying home. No 4X4 is invincible. On the other hand, we rarely get the chance to drive in for Christmas or New Year’s, so if you can do so safely, this is the time to do it.
And, yes, the barometer in the weather station has developed a case of the vapors. Probably just low batteries. We will change them on Christmas day…..

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |

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